Cumbria Police gets newly-trained dogs

Pc Jon Chappell with Penny
Image caption Pc Jon Chappell and Penny are both new to the dog handling section

Three newly trained dogs are to join Cumbria's police force.

Dash, Leo and Penny successfully completed their General Purpose Police Dog course.

They are now licensed to begin working to locate and track offenders or missing people, assist during public order incidents and search for lost or stolen items.

Penny, a German Shepherd, was trained by Pd Jon Chappell, who is new to the dog handling section.

Dash, a Belgian Malinois, was trained by handler Pc Chris Morgan and Leo, a Belgian Malinois/Dutch Herder cross, was trained by handler Pc Charlie Sowerby.

Ch Insp Kevin Greenhow said: "Not every dog is suitable for a working life with the police, and every dog and handler must pass the general purpose training before they are handed their operational licence.

"The course includes criminal work, searching for wanted or vulnerable people, recovering discarded or hidden property and heel work.

"The role requires a high degree of commitment and competence from the handlers."

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